I was already a PETA member when, in the spring of 1986, PETA put out a call for animal rights activists from all 50 states to go to Washington, D.C., to protest the imprisonment of the Silver Spring monkeys at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Using the benefits of my airline career, I flew from Seattle to D.C. and witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of grassroots activism. I recall that one day, while we were demonstrating on a busy boulevard adjacent to NIH, a senator's wife stopped by to encourage the protesters, gather literature, and make a donation to PETA.
I took what I learned from this experience back to the Northwest to share with a local animal rights group. That was the beginning of my "second career": attending demonstrations, conferences, and special events for animals.
I am proud to be an Augustus Club member and to be one of the thousands who sign petitions, lobby our legislators, speak out for all animals in abusive situations, and, maybe most importantly, set an example for friends and family by living the PETA motto.